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- Mental Models I Find Repeatedly Useful (3)
An incredible, comprehensive and indeed very useful list compiled by the founder and CEO of the alternative search engine DuckDuckGo. He seems to have too much time, or he found a diligent ghost writer. Either way, great work.
- How I Could Steal Money from Instagram, Google and Microsoft (3)
A fascinating read about an unexpected loophole.
- Tesla’s Master Plan, Part Deux (2)
Tesla’s vision for the next years. Most exciting: The final step, when owners of self-driving Tesla’s are supposed to become able to add their car to a shared fleet and thereby to help making the use of cars more efficient.
- Apple’s Plan to Own the Entire Music Industry (2)
I linked to a similar piece recently, but this one is even better in explaining Apple’s roadmap.
- What Happened to the Ice Bucket Challenge? (2)
Fantastic that someone remembered the great Internet hype of 2014 and decided to check what impact it had.
- How Pokémon Go is improving your city (2)
To some extend Pokémon Go is the 2016 version of Ice Bucket Challenge. Not from a charity perspective of course, but when it comes to word-of-mouth induced engagement of people to perform real life activity. And similar to the Ice Bucket Challenge, Pokémon Go actually has some positiv effects on society, as outlined in this text.
- Few in tech saw Pokémon coming (1)
True, and it’s awesome, because it reminds us of the unpredictability of our industry.
- Some Thoughts On Steem (2)
I hadn’t heard about Steem before I read this post, but it immediately caught my attention. Steem describes itself as a “blockchain-based social media platform where anyone can earn rewards”. It’s basically like Reddit with a crypto-currency based tipping system. Unfortunately, like most of this Blockchain stuff, it’s not easy to comprehend. I still have “try to really get Steem” on my todo list.
- Microsoft’s Bing Isn’t a Joke Anymore (2)
Most significant to Bing’s growing footprint has been Windows 10. According to the article, 35 percent of its search revenue in March came from Windows 10 computers. Bing also lies at the foundation of Microsoft’s digital voice assistant Cortana.
- The internet is turning us all into sociopaths (2)
A pretty thought-provoking blog post from 2012 written by a nowadays infamous guy who yesterday got banned from Twitter for life following repeating allegations of trolling and harassment. He saw it coming.
- AlphaGo overtakes world’s No. 1 Go player Ke Jie in ranking (1)
In the most recent global rankings of the game Go, Google’s DeepMind AI is now ranked on 1. I wonder how the human players that make up for the rest of the top 10 are feeling about that.
- This is the woman behind the man who runs Airbnb (3)
Facebook has Sheryl Sandberg, Airbnb has Belinda Johnson. Quite an insightful profile.
- Be Prepared: We’re Entering A Post-Device Era (2)
Of course we’ll continue to be in need of devices. But the suggestion that a peak has been reached when it comes to smartphone sales and to the general celebration of digital mobile gadgets has some merit.
- Facebook lifts the veil on its mobile device testing lab (2)
Extremely interesting to learn about how Facebook ensures that its apps are working well on all the various smartphone types out there: By running almost 2000 different mobile testing devices.
- Innovation in Europe Improves, But Only in a Handful of Countries (2)
In short: Switzerland remains the top innovator in Europe, and Sweden defends its leading position among E.U. countries. Also, when it comes to frequent innovation, there is a lot of concentration on very few countries.
- How the Internet Saved Turkey’s Internet-Hating President (2)
You might have already read this or similar pieces about Turkey’s successful utilization of Social Media to counter last week’s coup attempt, but as a very relevant story I am linking to it anyway.
- Capitalism is great. Capitalism is flawed. Both is true. (2)
A post I had the urge to write after a long time of observing how people discuss about Capitalism, but which I felt did not belong on meshedsociety.com. So it’s on Medium.
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